Frequently Asked Questions
Bonnie Hinkle, Ed.D., Program Director
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Why Dallas Baptist University?
- Why should I choose Dallas Baptist University for my Master of Education degree?
- Dallas Baptist University is a uniquely Christian university that encourages all students to become servant leaders in their chosen fields. Being an educator is a true calling. Faculty and staff at DBU understand and seek to help students achieve their goals while also nurturing their spiritual development.
- "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Admissions Procedures and Notification
- How can I verify that all my admissions documents have been received by the Office of Graduate Programs?
You may contact the Office of Graduate Programs (214.333.5242) to verify that all of your documents have been received. If everything has not been received, they will be able to tell you what is lacking.
- Once I have submitted everything required, how will I know if I am accepted?
Once the Master's Degrees Admission Committee (MDAC) has met and reviewed your application, you will be notified of the admission decision by your program director.
- What is the Master's Degrees Admission Committee (MDAC)?
The Master's Degrees Admission Committee consists of faculty from across the University who meet regularly to review applications from prospective students. They make the decision if a student is admitted, admitted provisionally, deferred, or denied.
- Who is the Program Director for the Master of Education in School Counseling?
Dr. Bonnie Bond is the program director for the Master of Education in School Counseling. She can be reached at 214.333.6838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- How do I apply to the Graduate Programs at Dallas Baptist University?
You may apply to DBU online or request an application to be sent to you by calling 214.333.5242.
- Where should I send my application materials?
Application materials should be sent to the Dallas Baptist University Office of Graduate Programs.
- Is there a deadline for applying EACH semester?
DBU utilizes a rolling admissions policy. The Master's Degrees Admission Committee meets regularly throughout each semester.
- What is a Statement of Purpose?
The Statement of Purpose serves as your writing sample for the admission process and consists of several questions which help you put your goals into words and to explain why you wish to come to DBU.
- Who can I ask to do my Letters of Recommendation?
Applicants often ask coworkers, supervisors, pastors, community leaders, or anyone else they feel knows their work habits well.
- What transcripts must I provide?
You must provide all your previous transcripts. Even if you took only a one course at a college, you must provide an official transcript from that college.
- What is the minimum undergraduate GPA that Dallas Baptist University will accept?
Students applying to DBU are encouraged to have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Do I have to take the GRE?
Yes. Continuance in the program beyond the first six hours requires satisfactory scores on the Verbal and Quantitative or Analytical Writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The program director will have additional information about score requirements.
- Will DBU accept my "unofficial" GRE scores pending the receipt of my official ones?
Yes. DBU will temporarily accept an "unofficial" score for admissions decisions prior to receiving your official score. It usually takes three to four weeks for your official scores to reach the university.
- Does DBU offer a course to help you prepare for the GRE?
Yes. The Office of Graduate Programs offers a GRE/GMAT Preparatory Course on campus three times a year. For more information contact the Graduate Office at 214.333.5242 or email email@example.com.
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- How would I find out if credits I have taken at another university will be accepted at Dallas Baptist University?
You should make an appointment with your Program Director for advising and bring official transcripts for review and evaluation. This should occur during your first semester at DBU.
- What is the maximum number of graduate credits I can transfer from another university?
12 semester credit hours of acceptable course work are the limit that most universities, including DBU, will accept as transfer credit towards a master's degree.
- How old can my previous graduate credit be?
We prefer graduate credits not be over six years old. Exceptions to this policy can only be approved by the Director of Graduate Programs and the Vice-President of Graduate and Corporate Affairs. All students who wish to transfer credits to DBU should make an appointment to discuss this with their Program Director during their first semester at DBU.
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Education Program Cohorts
- What is an education program cohort?
A cohort is a group of students who progress through their program together.
- Do the education program cohorts take all of their classes in their districts?
All cohort students must obtain at least six hours either on the main campus, DBU North, DBU Hurst-Colleyville, or DBU Mansfield. The choice of when to do this occurs as a mutual decision between the cohort itself and the Program Director. These six hours are referred to as the Residency Requirement.
- What are the pros of being in an education program cohort?
Students participating in a cohort experience a support system throughout their program as well as in the work place after graduation. They get to know each other in an in-depth manner and share life experiences.
Cohort students, with advice from their Program Director, plan the course of study and decide the appropriate time, duration, and location of classes.
Students in a cohort receive a university scholarship which amounts to one-third of their tuition per semester for courses they take with the cohort.
- What are the cons of being in an education program cohort?
In some instances a student may have transferred a course that the cohort wants to take during a certain semester. That could leave this student either without something to take or stepping out of the cohort to take a class in the regular program. The cohort scholarship does not apply to courses taken outside the cohort.
You cannot "pick and choose" which courses you want to take each semester on your own. You must make a mutual decision with your cohort.
- Are there financial advantages to being in a cohort?
Definitely! All education program cohort students receive a University scholarship which amounts to one-third of their tuition per semester.
- Can there ever be additional cohorts for education programs?
We are experiencing very rapid growth. Discussions are underway at this time regarding potential new cohort groups which could begin soon.
- Can I join an education program cohort already in existence?
Some cohorts are an eclectic group of students not sponsored by a specific school district and are open to new members each semester. However, there are some closed cohorts which are designed to be restricted to employees of that particular school district with district administrative approval.
As new education program cohorts develop they will be added to this web site and to the schedule of classes with appropriate information.
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- DBU is a private university. Is it much more expensive than a state university?
Since the Texas Legislature deregulated state tuition, universities have raised their tuition rates significantly. Graduate students, particularly, should exercise a "shop before you buy" mentality. You will be pleasantly surprised at what you find at DBU!
- Can I apply for Financial Aid as a graduate student?
Yes! We strongly encourage all students to apply for Financial Aid through our University Financial Aid Department, (214).333.5363
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- Upon admission how do I proceed to register?
Upon admission you will contact your Program Director who will advise you and help you get registered.
- Why is there such importance placed on student advising at DBU? Why can't I just register on my own?
At Dallas Baptist University great importance is placed on the relationship between the student and his or her Program Director. This individual attention and mentoring helps the student obtain correct information, assures that things occur in a proper manner, and guarantees that every student has someone who knows them by name, understands their individual situations, and prays for them. The strong emphasis on student advising at DBU is one of our greatest strengths.
It is particularly important that as a new student you receive individual attention from your Program Director. You may be able to register online, if desired, after personal or virtual advising from your Program Director.
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- In what ways can I take Master of Education classes at Dallas Baptist University?
Students at DBU have multiple opportunities to take advantage of unique and flexible scheduling to meet the needs of working adults. These include regularly scheduled night classes, Weekend Professional classes, mini-term courses, hybrid courses, and online courses.
- Can I take various types of these classes in the same semester?
As a DBU student you can put together many combinations of courses to accommodate your schedule. This is determined each semester with your Program Director.
- How can I find out about online, hybrid, Weekend Professional, mini-term, and other unique scheduling opportunities for a specific semester at DBU?
Each semester the university publishes schedules of all our offerings. These are also posted online. In addition, sometimes classes are added and others can fill up quickly. It is always important to consult with your Program Director for current availability.
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- Do I have to complete an application in order to graduate?
Yes. The Application to Graduate starts the audit process that reveals which graduation requirements have been met and which are lacking.
Applications are available on the DBU website (download and print from www.dbu.edu/registrar) or you may pick up a copy from the Registrar's Office, DBU North, DBU Hurst-Colleyville, and DBU Mansfield. You will note that the application to graduate must be signed by your Program Director. You may schedule an appointment with your Program Director and/or fax the completed application to 214.333.5551. If you have any additional questions, please contact your Program Director at 214.333.5200.
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- In addition to my coursework, are there additional requirements which I must fulfill to obtain my Master of Education in School Counseling from Dallas Baptist University?
Yes. All degree-seeking graduate students within the College of Education are required to prepare and present a professional portfolio to the Educator Preparation Board.
The portfolio is an organized set of artifacts that reflects a snapshot of your total graduate experience at Dallas Baptist University. It will reflect your educational philosophy and connect the things you have learned in theory to actual practice.
- What assistance is available to assist students in preparing their portfolios?
During the fall and spring semesters, a portfolio workshop will be publicized. The Portfolio Manual is also available to assist students in the development and organization of their portfolios. The Portfolio Manual can also be accessed through the web.
Students enrolled in EDSC 6318 Internship in School Counseling will work on their portfolios under the formative direction of their professor. Students will also have the opportunity to present their portfolios to the members of the class during this time.
- What is the Educator Preparation Board?
The Educator Preparation Board is a group of experienced and widely successful educators who serve as the College of Education Master Programs Advisory Board. Practicing teachers, administrators, consultants, Educational Regional Service Center personnel, as well as DBU professors and administrators comprise the EPB and volunteer their time for this highly selective process. It is an honor to serve on the EPB.
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Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES)
Professional School Counselor
- Will I be required to take a TExES Examination for state certification?
Yes. State certification requirements require that persons successfully take and pass the TExES School Counselor Examination, in order to be recommended for state certification.
- DBU students receive integrated coursework designed to prepare them for this examination in all their graduate coursework.
- Students must attend TExES review sessions.
- Students seeking the school counselor certification receive individual attention and preparation through required TExES seminars.
- Students must take the Practice Examination for the School Counselor examination during their practicum in school counseling. Students must receive a minimum score of 85 to receive a bar code authorizing them to register for the state examination.
- Individual advising is provided by the Program Director in relation to the TExES Examination.
- An Incomplete will be awarded to students until the School Counselor TExES Practice Examination has been passed.
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